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Friday, December 11, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Opponents taking issue with Kelliher campaign move
    Some DFL opponents of House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the race for governor are crying foul over a move that may have violated campaign finance laws, but officials with Kelliher's campaign and the DFL Party say it was an honest mistake that they reconciled.6:20 a.m.
  • Advice for winter activities
    For most of us this time of year, running, biking and camping outdoors are warm-weather fantasies. But for brave Minnesotans, those activities don't stop when the snow arrives.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Maple Grove Hospital  exteriorSome question need for new Maple Grove hospital
    A new hospital opens this month in the northwest suburbs, and it's the state's first new freestanding hospital in nine years. However, some people question whether the Twin Cities area needed another hospital.7:20 a.m.
  • Val JensenRacial disparities a concern in health debate
    Compared to white Americans, African Americans are more likely to die from illnesses such as heart disease and other maladies. Val Jenson, above, says racial disparities are something she hopes will be addressed as Congress debates health care reform.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Lays Out America's Role In Nobel Speech
    After accepting the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, President Barack Obama delivered a sweeping speech that embraced the contradiction of a wartime leader receiving such an honor. The president said evil does exist in the world and sometimes nonviolent measures don't work. In the speech, Obama was passionate about the way forward in Afghanistan.
  • Rules Of Engagement Are A Dilemma For U.S. Troops
    As part of the new American counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, soldiers and Marines must work first to protect the Afghan population. Given the choice between killing the enemy or risking civilian lives, they have been willing to let the enemy go. NPR's Tom Bowman was in Afghanistan earlier this year and witnessed troops grappling with the dilemma of whether to shoot.
  • Will India's Measures Combat Climate Change?
    India is the planet's fifth biggest carbon polluter. Even with its vast population, its per capita emissions are many times lower than the West. As India's economy grows, so will its pollution. India's government has announced measures to combat climate change. But some question whether it can carry them out. The city of Gurgaon has become the front-line in a battle between government and growth.
  • Unions Pressure Democrats On Health Insurance Tax
    Much of the health care debate in the Senate has so far focused only on a few issues: Medicare, abortion and a government-sponsored public option. Union members on Thursday tried get lawmakers to focus on their top issue: opposition to a tax on high-cost health plans.
  • Pakistan Case Highlights Jihadi Efforts On Web
    Five young Muslim Americans were detained in Pakistan this week. Investigators close to the case believe the five were inspired by Internet messages to train in terrorist camps. They are the most recent Americans known to have been radicalized in the U.S. who then traveled abroad to act on their beliefs.
  • Second City Still Funny At 50
    The famed comedy troupe in Chicago, The Second City, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. The group helped to launch the careers of Alan Arkin, the Belushi brothers, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Stephen Colbert; and Tina Fey to name just some. Dozens of alumni will gather this weekend in Chicago to celebrate the milestone.
  • International Oil Companies Bid On Iraqi Fields
    Iraq is holding a two-day auction for some of its biggest oil fields. This is just the second auction since the U.S. invasion in 2003. The fields located in the relatively stable southern region of Iraq attracted heavy interest.
  • Indy's Danica Patrick To Race In NASCAR Series
    NASCAR has had a tough season. Television ratings are mostly lower and attendance appears to have dropped. But a possible savior has entered the fray: Danica Patrick. The Indy car driver is one of the biggest female stars in sports, and now she's going to try her hand at stock car racing.
  • Hollywood Shop Sells Haute Couture For Santas
    For more than 30 years, a California woman has been making custom-tailored suits for the country's best-dressed Santas. A top-of-the-line, handmade suit can cost as much as $2,500.
  • Today In History: Madoff Arrested
    Seems like only yesterday but it was one year ago Friday that Bernard Madoff was arrested for orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme. For his crime, Madoff is serving 150 years. Almost 16,000 people have claimed to be victims of Madoff's scam.

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